Dr Michael Michell

BA, DipEd, GradDip(TESOL), MEd(TESOL), PhD
Honorary Lecturer
+61 2 9385 1956
+61 2 9351 5027
Education Building A35 / 328
The University of Sydney

Mike Michell began his career as a English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and Language Across the Curriculum coordinator at Cabramatta High School in 1981. 

From 1989 to 2008, he was an education consultant, senior policy, curriculum and project officer at the NSW Department of Education's multicultural education unit.

He has also been NSW writer on the National Collaborative Curriculum and Assessment project writing team, producing the report ESL scales: A joint project of the States, Territories and Commonwealth of Australia initiated by the Australian Education Council, (1994), Curriculum Corporation. 

From 2008 until his retirement in 2016, he worked for the University of NSW's School of Education as a researcher, lecturer in language and literacy, course convener and PhD supervisor.

Mike was a member of the project writing team that produced Tools to Enhance Assessment literacy for Teachers of English as an additional Language, an online teacher resource for the Victorian Department of Education, Independent Schools, Victoria and Catholic Education Commission, Victoria. http://teal.global2.vic.edu.au/

In 2019, he was on the project writing team for English as an Additional Language F-10 Curriculum, produced for the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. https://victoriancurriculum.vcaa.vic.edu.au/english/english-as-an-additional-language-eal/introduction/rationale-and-aims 

  • Immediate Past President, Australian Council of TESOL Associations
  • Secretary, Bonnyrigg Khmer School (Cambodian language school)

Selected book chapters
  • Michell, M., and Davison, C. 2020. "Bringing the teacher back In: toward L2 Assessment Praxis in English as an additional language education." In Educational Linguistics, pp. 23-41, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-35081-9_2
  • Michell, M., and Davison, C. 2020. "Bringing the teacher back in: toward L2 assessment praxis in English as an additional language education." In M. Poehner and O. Inbar-Lourie (Eds.), Toward a reconceptualization of L2 classroom assessment: praxis and researcher-teacher partnership., Springer, New York, pp. 23–40, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-35081-9
  • Thompson, R, and Michell, M. 2019. "Vygotsky, threshold concepts and liminality: using Vygotsky to illuminate the edge of conceptual understanding." In J.A. Timmermans and R. Land (Eds.), Threshold Concepts on the Edge, Brill Sense, Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 71–88, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004419971_005
  • Michell, M. (2015). "Dramatic interactions: from Vygotsky’s life of drama to the drama of life." In S. Davis, H. G. Clemson, B. Ferholt, S. Jansson and A. Marjanovic-Shane (Eds). Dramatic Interactions in education: Vygotskian and socio-cultural approaches to drama, education andresearch (pp.19–37). London: Bloomsbury Publishing. 

Selected journal articles
  • Clarke, M., Michell, M., Ellis N.J. 2017. "Dialectics of development: teacher identity formation in the interplay of ideal ego and ego ideal." Teaching Education, vol. 28, pp. 115–130, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10476210.2016.1211631
  • Michell, M. 2016. "Finding the prism: understanding Vygotsky's perezhivanie as an ontogenetic unit of child consciousness." International Research in Early Childhood Education, vol. 7, pp. 5–33.
  • Davison, C., Michell, M. 2014. "EAL assessment: what do Australian teachers want?", TESOL in Context, vol. 24, pp. 51–72, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=949508765515560;res=IELAPA
  • Michell, M. and Sharpe, T. 2005. "Collective instructional scaffolding in English as a second language classrooms." Prospect, vol. 20 No1. pp.31–58
  • Michell, M. 1999. "Wither ESL? Post-literacy prospects for English as a second language programs in Australian Schools." Prospect, vol. 14 No2. pp4–23 

Language Learning Progression and Passport project, Sydney Institute for Community Language Education (SICLE), Sydney University, 2020–2021

Science EAL/D projects, Sydney Institute for Community Language Education (SICLE), Sydney University, 2018-2019.

Developing Rich Tasks for Community Language Programs, Sydney Institute for Community Language Education (SICLE), Sydney University, 2019